St Francis NS

School Background

St. Francis National School was established in September 2007 with two teachers and 20 pupils on roll. It was intended to serve the developing end of Blackrock as the existing Parish School was running at capacity with no further room for expansion. The school was established as a Catholic school following consultation with the local community.

Until June 2013 it occupied five prefabs - four classrooms and an office/staffroom on the site of the Community Centre.  Work commenced in February 2013 on our permanent building on the Rock Road and we moved in at the end of August 2013.

There are currently 137 children on roll, including special needs and children from many different nationalities.  There are six teaching staff, a Special Needs Assistant, a part-time Caretaker and Secretary.  It is a rapidly developing school.

Statement of School Ethos

St. Francis National School is a Roman Catholic School (which is established in connection with the Minister for Education and Science). It aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people. St. Francis N.S. fosters a community spirit by offering support and encouraging positive relationships. It is every individual's right to be respected in an atmosphere of friendship, trust, quality and openness and in a safe environment.

Religious Formation

The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God. St. Francis National School provides Religious Education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith. The children will occasionally participate in school masses, sacramental services and other religious celebrations. Prayer is an integral part of the school day.

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